Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
9/18/2007 6:29 AM
Riedel Communications, pioneer of advanced intercom and radio technology, featured its latest version of the Director configuration software at IBC2007. The Director software provides the facilities, look and feel associated with using most Windows software products so that the basic navigation, location and operation of the standard features are familiar. A real-time application, Director enables the engineer to see all actions of the user on the panel, eliminating the need to walk to the user who has reported a potential problem.
Director is easy to learn and extremely convenient in its use. Configurations are easily edited by drag-and-drop. Programmable logic functions provide the possibility to handle complex production requirements with ease, while free definable markers allow customized signalisation throughout the system. In addition, the Audio Patch function facilitates all internal routing and DSP aspects of any control panel of an Artist system to be configured and saved remotely, reducing a considerable amount of time in setup and service of the system.
The new 5601 version of Director is fully loaded with cutting edge functions and features. A “Scheduler” has been installed to change certain aspects of the configuration at a predefined time. An “Events” feature allows the loading of configuration changes. These configurations are easily stored in the system. A “Port Short List” has been incorporated to provide elaborated options to sort the port list for a better overview. The new “Set Input/Output Gain” function allows gain control for 4-wire and digital partyline ports directly from the panel. Other new features include an updated “Side-tone” function and an “Alias names for ports” function, which has been created to allow the temporary renaming of ports without losing their original names.
A high degree of monitoring and diagnostic features are implemented to allow the maintenance personnel to quickly solve a problem or to assist the user due to the real-time Crosspoint View function in conjunction with the full remote control of each aspect of the system. Control panel and matrix activities can be logged for later inspection. Multiple PCs control and monitor the system using the Ethernet connection on the network interface controllers. All PCs show the online configuration status simultaneously, and each can access and change the configuration according to its user rights. Since the configurations are stored within each networking Artist frame, the system‘s reliability won‘t be affected by the failure of a configuration PC.
An extensive user level control allows for setup of user groups with dedicated access rights to the system. Whole configurations and parts of the configuration can be saved and reloaded as “partial files” so that system setups for different types of productions can be stored and recalled easily.
Riedel - one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino - designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today‘s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow‘s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 7 locations in Europe, Asia and North America.